School change: What employers don’t want to see on Facebook

by Steve Wyckoff on May 11, 2010

If schools ever change perhaps we could look at some of the issues that impact our kids futures. One such issue was brought to my attention by my friend Mary Paris. Mary sent me an excerpt from an executive report titled What Employers Don’t Want To See On Facebook. In the report they discussed a CareerBuilder study found that 35% of managers reported finding content that turned them off. The top examples cited:

  • Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information – 53%
  • Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs – 44%
  • Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients – 35%
  • Candidate showed poor communication skills – 29%
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments – 26%
  • Candidate lied about qualifications – 24%
  • Candidate shared confidential information from previous employer – 20%

I doubt that many kids realize that their future employers will look at their social media sites during the process of screening candidates for jobs. And I’m guessing most schools will never help kids understand this. So if you have children you might want to share this list with them so that they don’t harm their future possibilities with actions today.

In the example above 35% of managers reported, that will undoubtedly become a larger percentage of managers as they become more aware of the use of social networking by their potential employees. Social networks are an obvious place for managers to find out meaningful information about an individual. Read more here on company’s compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws.

Just a small thing relatively speaking, but in real school change this is the type of issue that we need help our kids with. – Steve Wyckoff

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